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Nextdoor creates online ‘Neighborhood Watch'

Nextdoor is a social networking site that is becoming more popular across the country, including here in the Port City. (Source: WECT) Nextdoor is a social networking site that is becoming more popular across the country, including here in the Port City. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

First Facebook, then Twitter, now Nextdoor. It's a new social networking site that is becoming more popular across the country. Now, City of Wilmington officials are even getting in on the action.

Here is how it works: Neighbors can sign up at www.nextdoor.com using their home address. The website will then connect you to your neighbors.

If your neighborhood is not already registered, officials with the City of Wilmington said you can register it yourself, however, you need at least 10 neighbors to sign up with you.

Susan Jarman signed up her Pine Valley neighborhood. She said it acts as an online neighborhood watch, letting people post about everything from break-ins, to suspicious vehicles or people.

You can share your post with one neighbor, your neighborhood or with nearby neighborhoods as well.

"They might reach out through Nextdoor and say ‘Hey someone is at your house and I do not think it is people that would be visiting you,'" Jarman explained. "It is a way to feel secure, someone is watching out for you and you might not even know they are."

While you can post if you hear about a crime or see something suspicious, Jarman said it is about much more.

There is a classified section, a lost and found and even an events page. People can post about anything from lost pets, to found pets, yard sales, babysitting needs, and other services that are being offered. They can also post about block parties and other events they are having.

"Most families are on the go and working so much they don't have time to stop and visit. This might be a way of meeting the person who lives next door and reaching out to say hello but never having the actual handshake," Jarman said.

City of Wilmington officials said they will also now be using the site. Dylan Lee, with the City of Wilmington said they will use it to post information about upcoming events/meetings, road closures, sewer work, and crime alerts.

He said it is useful because it allows them to cater the information to the specific neighborhood it applies to.

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